Manitou BF has filed a patent for a construction vehicle with a removable battery module designed to supply electricity to electric motors. The module can be easily accessed and removed from the outer side of the vehicle, enhancing efficiency and maintenance. GlobalData’s report on Manitou BF gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Manitou BF, Automated guided vehicles was a key innovation area identified from patents. Manitou BF's grant share as of January 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Removable battery module for construction vehicle

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Manitou BF SA

A construction vehicle patent (Publication Number: US20240017977A1) has been filed, detailing a unique design for a construction vehicle chassis. The chassis includes two longitudinal members, a front axle, a rear axle, and a lifting arm articulated between the longitudinal members. The vehicle is powered by at least one electric motor and features a cab for the operator. A key aspect of the patent is the battery module, which is designed to be removably fastened to the chassis beneath the cab, allowing for easy access and maintenance from the outer side of the vehicle. The fastening structure of the battery module includes profiled elements and retaining plates, ensuring secure attachment to the chassis.

Furthermore, the patent outlines various configurations for the fastening structure of the battery module, including the use of fastening arms, sliding surfaces, and polymer or rubber sliding elements. The battery module itself consists of a base plate, battery elements, an electrical connection box, and separator plates. These components are designed to provide a reliable power source for the electric motor and are connected to a power distribution box with a single power output socket. Additionally, the battery module features a fairing with steps for operator access and a hatch for storing a charging cable. Overall, the patent showcases an innovative approach to construction vehicle design, focusing on efficient power distribution and easy maintenance of essential components.

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